Alumni Spotlights

2017 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Brij B. Patnaik

“Through his pro bono work, Brij demonstrates the highest ideals of our profession – service, fairness and justice. As a Jenner & Block lawyer, he epitomizes our core values of commitment to pro bono work and community service. We are privileged to call him our colleague.”

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2017 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award: Susan L. DeCostanza

“Susan embodies what PILI preaches: A lifelong commitment to public service.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Lopez-McCarthy, 2007 & 2008 Law Student Intern

“The relationships I made as a PILI Intern and Alum have thoroughly enhanced my personal life and career as an attorney.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Karla Albite, 2015 Graduate Fellow

“I have a much deeper understanding and appreciation of our job as lawyers and the corresponding commitment to public service that the profession requires.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Ritchey, 2004 Law Student Intern

“It was an eye opener to see how much power you can have with your license and how much help you can give to those less fortunate, sometimes without even leaving your office.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Paula Kim, 2005 Graduate Fellow

“Being a PILI Fellow while studying for the bar is one of the many reminders that no matter how busy you are, there is always time to serve the public interest.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Megan Harkins, 2016 Law Student Intern

“It is our duty as future legal professionals to develop a commitment to service early and continue to inspire subsequent generations to do the same.”

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PILI Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Canary-King, 2016 Graduate Fellow

“As a new lawyer there are so many things I do not know. But this system gives me power, and as I learn, I can use it for good.”

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2016 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award: Emily L. Seymore

“Emily is part of the next generation of lawyers who are not just talking about problems with our courts, but who is working to bring about systemic reform.”

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2016 Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Kristen E. Hudson

“Kristen has a heart of gold and the tenacity of a tiger. A true believer in pro bono, she clearly has a lifetime commitment to it.”

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